Tips to Prevent Hornets
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Getting rid of hornets can be a difficult endeavor. It is usually best accomplished by calling in a professional exterminator to eradicate the problem.
Once the hornets are gone, the question of how to keep hornets out almost always becomes the next challenge.
While it’s not always possible to completely protect one’s home or business from the return of hornets, there are steps that can be taken to help discourage them.
Remove the Hornet Attractants
Hornets are similar to wasps in that they are attracted to sugar and protein. Garbage cans that are left open or picnic areas that are not kept free of trash and garbage can attract all sorts of stinging insects, including hornets.
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Periodically walk around the premises and check for places that might attract hornets for nesting. Examples include:
- Broken or cracked siding
- Soffit imperfections such as gaps or cracks
- Improperly working doors and windows
- Holes in the ground
Repair any areas that could provide a place for a hornet nest to be built. Also, fill any holes with dirt, packing the dirt tightly in the hole.
Traps can be purchased at most retail or farm supply stores and can be effective in stopping hornets before they have a chance to begin building their nest.
These traps use a sweet, sticky solution to attract the hornets and then hold them.
When Hornets Become a Problem
Despite all of one’s best efforts, hornets and other stinging insects can make their way back to the premises. When this happens, the question of how to keep hornets out becomes that of how to get rid of them.
By enlisting the services of a professional exterminator, it is possible to eradicate hornets from one’s property and also obtain information and guidance for keeping them away for good.